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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Raw sewage from the Mexican city of Tijuana flows downhill into the canyons and surf of Southern California. Today we'll find out why the mess still hasn't been cleaned up, even after years of planning and politics. Also, a woman who was born in Vietnam talks about the cultural confusion she felt while growing up in Michigan. We'll hear about an unusual documentary that draws upon literature being created by soldiers in Iraq. Plus: why illness may actually help keep us healthy.
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Cleaning Up Sewage in San Diego

Raw human waste, battery acid, old tires, household garbage and toxic chemicals all flow from Tijuana down the canyons into San Diego County. Now the US government has given a start-up company, with no experience in treating waste water, sole authority to build and operate a treatment plant in Mexico. ...

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Cultural Confusion: Twinkies vs. Green Sticky Rice Cakes

Bich Minh Nguyen and her family moved from Vietnam to white, conservative Michigan in 1975. In her new book Stealing Buddha's Dinner, she writes about the cultural confusion she felt while growing up, and the deep differences between her grandmother's traditional cooking and Twinkies and Pringles.

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Operation Homecoming

The documentary Operation Homecoming draws upon firsthand accounts of soldiers who have been in the war in Iraq. Richard Robbins is the director, and John McCary is one of those soldiers.

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Do Humans Need Disease?

Humans may need disease. In his new book, Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem says that the evolutionary advantages to diseases like diabetes or sickle cell anemia offset their negative consequences.

Events: Dr. Sharon Moalem will be speaking
Sunday, February 25 at 7:30 pm

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